Monday, February 18, 2013

Limekiln State Park

While camping at Morro Bay we decided to drive up the coast and check out Limekiln State Park.  This was one of the parks slated to be closed until the state found funds to keep it open.
The park sits on the coast and features both ocean views and deep, shaded redwood groves.  There were also several hiking trails and we chose the short (1 mile each way) trail to the historic limekilns.
The trail follows a lovely creek which is crossed several times by nice, sturdy bridges.
 One of the kilns featured this impressive stone base while three others were just tall steal cylinders.












Limestone was packed into the kilns and smelted into powdered lime which was then shipped to be used in the making of cement.  The combination of limestone and abundant redwood to use as fuel made this a viable but short lived operation, the limestone ran out before the redwood.








There was another trail I wish we had been able to explore.  It went up to what I am told is a very lovely waterfall.  Unfortunately, there are several stream crossings and no bridges on that trail.  I didn't have time for what might have been a tricky and time consuming adventure.  Perhaps another time.
You can learn more about the park and the trail here.  For a map to its location, click here.
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8 comments:

ladyfi said...

Wonderful light in that first shot!

Dana said...

That first picture is absolutely gorgeous! I hadn't heard of these kilns before. Very interesting!

I enjoyed your photos. Happy Tuesday!

Gary said...

Too bad about the closing!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Sylvia K said...

I hadn't heard of these either! I hope they managed to find the funds to keep it open! It looks like such a lovely place!! Hope your week is off to a great start, Martha! Enjoy!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Fascinating information -- one I've never heard of.

It was certainly good news that the parks didn't have to close.

The walk you didn't get to take reminds me of all the places I'd like to go back to because we didn't have time or energy to do all the adventures there were....so many places......

Barb said...

Such interesting kilns. Glad the rock ran out before all the trees were cut down! You might be in the Sierras now - hope all is well.

Judy said...

I wonder how much it cost them to truck all that steel in, and then just abandon it...

Ebie said...

We were there in the Morro Bay area last January, but only for a short stop. I wished I had stayed more. I am beginning to love birding.